The International Star is one of the most prolific keelboats in the world for a reason: it is an incredible boat to sail. Designed in 1911 by Francis Sweisguth, it has proven to be a classic in every sense. It is the oldest Olympic class, having first been used in competition in 1932, and still at the heart of that competition today. Supported by a worldwide association the Star as a class is one of the best organized in sailing, with over 7,500 yachts built over its 80 year history, and 2000-plus actively racing today.
The International Star has evolved into the consummate craft for all ranges of competition and performance sailing: its equipment and rig is simple enough for the novice, yet versatile enough for those on the forefront of sailing. It’s large, powerful sailplan, combined with a sleek hull and light weight, propel the boat in the faintest of airs, while the flexible spar can be tuned to “de-power” when the breeze kicks up. The large main is infinitely adjustable, allowing the sailor to completely control the driving surface of the sail. Boats today are generally constructed of fiberglass, with positive flotation and an integrated keel. The design, sails, and equipment of the Star are governed by stringent class rules, created to improve competition on the basis of skill and control cost . This has also served to help the longevity of the design, keeping older boats competitive through careful evolution.
The start of the 93rd Bacardi Cup in Miami celebrating over nine decades of Star Class racing. Attracting top international sailors including competitors from the America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Olympians and World Champions - let's get started! (CC Available)
Day Two of the 93rd Bacardi Cup in Miami with 65 Star Class keelboats competing for this iconic trophy. Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Bruno Prada (BRA), 2019 World Champs, are leading the fleet with an impressive podium and a second on day one. (CC Available)
Lighter winds for the third day of the 93rd Bacardi Cup in Miami hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club. Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Bruno Prada (BRA) extend their overall lead after hitting the front for their second bullet in consecutive days. (CC Available)
Dominating the Star Class still, after their third successive race win, is Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Bruno Prada (BRA). The 93rd Bacardi Cup also plays host to the Invitational Cup where seven more classes join the fun in Miami including the J70 and Melges 24. (CC Available)
Penultimate day of the 93rd Bacardi Cup and all the classes were out including the Star, J/70 and Melges 24. Kusznierewicz and Prada sealed their overall podium with a second in the Star and Paul Ward's, Eat Sleep J Repeat, is leading the J/70 regatta. (CC Available)
Star Class Champions of the 93rd Bacardi Cup, with a domineering performance leading throughout the regatta, were Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Bruno Prada (BRA). Breezy day for the other Invitational fleets including the J70, Melges 24, VX One and Viper with the iconic backdrop of Miami. (CC A...